Palpable confusion and anxiety have been enveloping patients, management and staff of a multi-billion naira health institution known as Mbano Joint Hospital and College of Nursing Sciences, Mbano in Imo State as youth bodies threatened to shut down the hospital for neglecting of the host communities.
The youths from Mbeke,Umuezala-Ama, Umueze1 and the rest of the host communities are angry with the hospital management for alleged breached of mutual agreement reached between their communities and the institution in 1959. They therefore issued a 4 day ultimatum to the institution’s management to arrest their grievances or ready to experience total show down.
Meanwhile,the leaders of the host communities, Chief Elias Onwumere(Omereoha) of Umualuwaka Umueze1 in Ehime Mbano Council Area,Chief Emeka Ihezie (Umuezeala in Ehime Mbano),Sir Innocent Ogoke of Mbeke community in Isiala Mbano LGA,youth leader of Umualuwaku community, Udochukwu Duru as well as his counterpart in Umuezeala,Ama-Onyebuchi Aloka stormed the premises of the life-saving institution on Monday in droves accusing the present and past management of sheer insensitivity to the plight of the host communities and criminal violation of the 1959 mutual agreement between the School and its host communities.
However, but for the timely intervention of the traditional ruler of Ihim Autonomous community, Isiala Mbano LGA, HRH Eze Oliver Ohanwe,the embittered youths would have gone berserk as they incessantly shouted at and rebuffed the school management and staff who attempted to address them.
In a 12 point demand presented to the institution’s management, the anger-stricken youths insisted on open or free trade within and around the hospital, non-restriction of any type against students, patients and traders in or outside the premises, their inclusion and 3 traditional rulers in the board management, non creation of a new mortuary road, engagement of external security men instead of the land owners, formal land lease agreement between them and the hospital in addition to the reconstruction of the Board of Directors in which the 3 communities should be members.
Others are; settlement of unpaid arrears of yearly royalty as demanded by their fathers. 30% of every school admission year as their quota, first considerations in all appointments and award of contracts,50% discount for medical treatments given to their people as well as special recognition in special events taking place in the institution.
Addressing the youths, Eze Oliver Ohanwe who spoke in tandem with leaders of the youth bodies sued for peace, patience and understanding among them.
Eze Ohanwe hinted that the youths’ agitation has become trendy in developing society, but appealed to them to remain calm and law abiding to enable the institution’s management look into their grievances.